Probate Fees

Fixed-Fee Service- obtaining the Grant

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £985 + VAT.

This is on the basis that the estate is not taxable, a full account is not required to be submitted and you provide us with the figures required.

Breakdown of costs:

  • Legal fees £985
  • VAT on legal fees £197

Disbursements not included:

  • Probate court fee of £155.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate lawyer to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal statement of truth
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

How long will this take?

Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-12 weeks

Standard Service- applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 15 and 30 hours work at an average of £200 per hour. Total costs estimated at £3000-6000 (+VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If, for example, there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 2-4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC

Disbursements not included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (For example, £2 per UK resident beneficiary)
  • £90 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors, if required.
  • £150 Post in a Local Newspaper –Protects against unexpected claims where the estate includes land, if required.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 each(1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-12 weeks.